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Vienna International Competition for Composers
Casino Austria, Dr Karl-Lueger Ring 14, A-1015 Vienna, Austria
Annual competition open to composers to the age of 40, who submit a composition not previously accepted for performance, or performed in public or awarded a prize in another competition.

Queen Elizabeth International Music Competition of Belgium
20 rue Aux Laines, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
Competition for compositions in 2005 ~(2002 piano and composition/2003 violin/2004 singing)

Prix Musical International Arthur Honneger
c/o Fondation de France, 40 Avenue Hoche, F-75008 Paris, France
Biennial competition open to all composers.
Next competition in 2006 Prizes include money

Internationaler Wettbewerb fuer Komponistinnen, (Int. Contest for women composers)
Elisabethstrasse 5, Mannheim, Germany
Quadriennial competition open to female composers of all nationalities. Prizes include money.
Next competition in 2006

Leonard Bernstein Jerusalem International Music Competition
11 Rivka Street, P.O. Box 10185, 91101 Jerusalem, Israel
Annual competition open to all musician between the age of 24 and 37 and composers between the age of 22 and 50, rotating annually. Prizes of US$ 25,000,- to all winners.

Valentino Bucchi Competition
Via Ubaldino Peruzzi 20, I-00139, Roma, Italia
Anual competition, open to performers and composers.
Prizes include money.

Concorso Internazionale di Composizione Camillo Togni
c/o Associazione Nuovi Spazi Sonori, P.O. Box 196, I-25100, Brescia, Italia
Biennial competition open to composers of all nationalities, born after December 1960.
Prizes include money plus publication and performance of winning composition.

Concorso Internazionale di Composizione Goffredo Petrassi
Piazalle Cesare Battisti 15, I-43100 Parma, Italia
Competition open for to compsers of all nationalities for an unpublished symphonic composition not exeeding 30 minutes in length.
Prizes include money. Next competition in 2006.

Concorso Internazionale di Composizione Guido d'Arezzo Fondazione
Corso Italia 102, I-52100 Arezzo, Italia
Annual competition for polyvocal compositionsnot previously published or performed of at least 5 minutes duration.

Concorso Internazionale Luigi Russolo per Giovani Composizione
c/o Fondazione Russolo-Pratella, Via G. Bagaini 6, I-21100 Varese, Italia
Annual competition open to composers of all nationalities to the age of 35 for electroacuostic, analogue and digital music compositions.

Premio Musicale Città di Trieste, Concorso Internazionale di Compozisione Sinfonica
Palazzo Municipale, Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia 4, I-34121 Trieste, Italia
Biennial competition to composers of all nationalities.
Prizes include money and performance of the winning composition.
Next competition in 2005.

Irino Prize Foundation
c/o J.M.L. Seminar, Yoshiro Irino Institute of Music, 5-22-2 Matsubara, Setagaya-ku, Tokio 156, Japan
Competiton open to composers of all nationalities under age of 40, rotating annualy between an orchestral and a chamber music composition.
Prizes include of Yenn 650,000,- for an orchestralcomposition and Yenn 200,000,- for a chamber music composition.

Tokyo International Competition for Chamber Music Compositions
c/o Japan International Artists, 2-3-16-607 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokio, Japan
Competition open to composers of chamber music of all ages and nationalities.
Prizes include 1st prize of Yenn 300,000,-, 2nd prize of Yenn 150,000,-, 3rd prize of Yenn 100,000,-

The Netherlands
International Gaudeamus Composers Competition
Gaudeamus Foundation, Swammerdamstraat 38, 1091 RV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Annual competition open to composers of all nationalities to the age of 30.
Prizes include money and performance.

International Composers Competition Kasimerz Serocki
ul Mazowiecka 11, 00-052 Warsaw, Poland
Triennial competition open to composers of all nationalities.
Prizes include money. Next competition in 2007

International Witold Lutoslawski Composers Competition
c/o Warsaw Philharmonic, ul Jasna 5, 00-950 Warsaw, Poland
Biennial competition open to composers of all nationalities and of all ages.
Prizes include money and performance by the Warsaw Philharmonic.
Next competition in 2006

International Competition in Composition of Sacred Music
P.O. Box 292, CH-1701 Fribourg, Switzerland
Biennial competition open to composers of all nationalities and of all ages.
Prizes include money and premiere of the winning work at the Fribourg Festival of Sacred Music.
Next competition in 2005.

Musical Prize Contest Queen Marie-José
P.O. Box 19, CH-1252 Meinier, Geneva, Switzerland
Biennial competition open to composers of all nationalities and of all ages, who submit an unpublished composition.
Prizes include money. Next competiton in 2006.

United Kingdom
Performing Right Society Electroacoustic Composition Prize
c/o Electroacoustic Music Association of Great Britain, 10 Stratford Place, London W1N-9AE, GB
Biennial competition open to composers. Next competition in 2006

United States of America
ALEA International Competition Prize
c/o Boston University School of Music, 855 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215, USA
Annual competition open to composers of all nationalities, born after 1957, submitted composition must not have been published, publicly performed or awarded any prize.

Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) Student Composers Awards
320 W 57th Street, New York, NY 10019, USA
Annual awardds open for student composers who are citizens or permanent residents of a country in the western hemisphere, to the age of 25. Prizes totalling US$ 16,000,-.

Barlow International Competition
c/o Brigham Young University, Harris Fine Arts Center, Provo, UT 84602, USA
Annual competition open to composers of all nationalities, composition must not have won any other competition. Prizes totalling US$ 10,000,-.

Corporation of Yaddo.
P.O. Box 395, Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, USA
Room, board and studio for professional composers of all nationalities. Residency up to two month.

International Horn Society Composition Contest
c/o University of Missouri at Kansas City, Conservatory of Music, 4949 Cherry, Kansas City, MO 64110, USA
Annual competition open to composers. Prizes include US$ 1,000,-.

Louis and Virginia Sudler International Wind Band Composition Contest
c/o US Marine Bane, Eight and First Sts SE, Washington, DC 20390, USA
Biennial competition open to composers of wind music. Prizes include US$ 12,000,-.
Next competition in 2005.

* Concours International de Jeunes Chefs d'Orchestre
(International competition for young conductors)
Preselections: April/May 2005 (exact dates still will be determined) Application is possible till March 1st , 2005 and April 15, 2005. Final proof with orchestra: from spetember 18 till 23, 2005.
Age limit: younger than 35 years on september 23, 2005 Prize for the laureate: EUR 12.000,- + engagements with several orchestras: Next contest will be in 2007.
Information and application: Festival International de Musique de Besançon, Franche Comté, 3bis rue Leonel de Moustier, F-25000 Besançon, France.
Tel. +33(0)381 25 05 85; Fax: +33(0)381 81 52 15;
e-mail: - website:

* "George Enescu" International Festival and Competition
Disciplines: (piano, Violin, Chamber Music) Composition.
Age limit: 33 years. Deadline for application: June 15, 2005 for composition. Different prizes up to 17.000,- EUR. Free accomodation during the participation; final stage with the Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra. Next competition: 2007.
Information: ARTEMIX-Cal. Victoriei nr 155 bl D1. - Sect. 1 Bucharest, Rumania.
Phone: +40 21 212 8083; Fax: +40 21 311 0200. e-mail:

* 8th "Arturo Toscanini" International Conducting Competition, September 2005
Age limit: born after August 31, 1970. Deadline for application: Mai 31, 2005. The finalist will conduct the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra. Prizes up to 30.000 EUR.
Next competition: autumn 2007.
Information: Fulvio Zannoni, Secretary of the Competition, Fondazione Arturo Toscanini. Palazzo Marchi, Strada della Repubblica 37, 1-43100 Prma, Italia
Tel: +39 0521 391328-29; Fax: +39 0521 391321.
e-mail: - website:

* XIIIe Prix International de composition musicale "Ciutat de Tarragona"
Open for composers of all nationalities, no age limit. Unedited work for a symphony orchestra.
Deadline for sending partitions in: from Februari 11, 2005, till November 15, 2005. Runion of the International Jury from 10 to 12 December 2005. The contest is anual.
The winning composition will have her world premiere the next year in Taragona by l'Orquestra Sinfónica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya.
Information and inscription: Ajuntament de Taragona, Plaçca de la Font, 1; E-43003 Taragona, Spain.
Tel.: +34 977 24 7180; Fax: +34 977 29 62 54; e-mail:
website: or

* Concours International de Composition Musicale 2006 à l'occasion de célébrations mozartiennes.
Unedited work for a chamber orchestra, Limit of age: 35 years.
Deadline for sending partitions in: 31 march, 2006. Runion of the International Jury: may 2006..
Prize for the laureate: EUR 10.000,- and exdecution o the work. Diplomes d'honneur for the best finalists
Information: Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Fondazione.
Segreteria del Concorso Internazional di Composizione; Via Vittoria, 6-00187 Roma, Italia.
Tel.: (0039) 06 328171 - Fax (0039) 06 32817366; e-mail:

* 7th International "Michele Pittaluga" Composition Competition for Classical Guitar June 2006
For guitar with flute, or violin, or harp. Application deadline: 31 March 2006, Biennial frequency.
Information: Comitato Promotore del Concorso Internazionale di Chitarra Classia "Michele Pittaluga"
Piazza Garibaldi 16, I-5100 Alessandria, Italy. E-mail:
Tel.: 0039.0131.251207; Fax: 0039.0131.235507; website:

* Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition, July 2006
Discipline: orchestral conducting, Age limit: 35 years. Application deadline: end 2005.
Prizes to be awarded: First prize EUR 6.000,- gross; second prize: EUR 1.500,- gross (These amounts are subjacted to tax deduction). The first prize winner will conduct a programme with more than 29 orchestras, including the leading Spanish symphony orchestras, European and American orchestras during three seasons, The Organization Committee shall provide hotel accommodation free of charge during the time of the candidate's active participation in the competition. Final stage with the Orquestra de Cadaqués. Next competition: July 2008.
Information: Cadaqués Orquestra International Conducting Competition.
Avenida Catedral, Pral. E-08002 Barcenola, Spain.
Tel.: +(34) 93 317 42 89; Fax: +(34) 93 302 26 70
e-mail: website:

* 9th Concorso Internazionale per diettori d'orchestra "Antonia Pedroti", September 2006
Age limit:18-35 years. Deadline for application: October 2005. Prizes up to EUR 15.000,-
First prize: EUR 7,000 and concerts with Italian and European orchestras. Final stage with "Orchestra Sinfonica 'Haydn' di Bolzano e Trento". Lodging for semi-finalists and finalists.
Next competition in September 2008.
Information; Associazione culturale 'Antonio Pedrotti';
Centro S. Chiara, Via S. Croce 67, I-38100 Trento, Italia
Tel: +(39) 0461-231 223; Fax: +(39) 0461-232 592; e-mail:

* 5th International Prokofiev Competition, April 11-15 2007
Disciplines: Composition and symphony conducting (and piano)
Age limits: composition: no limits, symphony conducting: 40 years (piano 35 years)
Application deadline: November 1st, 2006; Prizes to be awarded: Total over US$ 81.000,-
Hotel accomodation with breakfast as well as practice facilities provided during period of official participation in the competition, local transport, concert's activities for laureates. Final stage with the Orchestra of Saint Petersburg Academic Philharmonic, named after D.D. Shostacovich.
Information: V International Prokofiev Competition;
Radichev Street 3; Saint Petersburg, 191014 Russia
Tel/Fax: 07-812-279 64 86 / 07 812-380 92 45; e-mail :

* 8th "Goffredo Petrassi" International Competition for Composers. Autumn 2007
Open to composers of all nati0onalities under 30 years. Deadline for preliminary application: June 2007
First prize: EUR 15.000; 2nd prize: EUR 10.000, 3rd prize: EUR 5.000. The scores selected for the final round will be performed by the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra.
Information: Fulvio Zannoni, Ph.D.; Secretary of the Competition, Fondazione Arturo Toscanini. Palazzo Marchi, Strada della Repubblica 57, I-43100 Parma.
Tel: +(39) 0521 391328-29; Fax: +(39) 0521 391321; e-mail:

* 8th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors, 16-25 November 2007
Age limit: the competition is open to conductors of all nationalities under the age of 35 years.
Deadline for application: April 30, 2007, Prizes to be awarded EUR 32.500,-
Facilities offered to the candidates: Lodging. Final stage with the Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Slaskiej. Next competition in 2011.
Information: Miedzynarodowy Konkurs Dyrygentów im G. Fitelberga, ul Sokolska 2, PL-40-084 Katowice, Poland
Tel.: +48(0)32 351 17 17; Fax +48(0)32 351 17 19; e-mail: